SPEAK OUT: Should Teachers Be Armed?

In interview on WTOP Tuesday, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says idea should be explored.

Gov. Bob McDonnell said on Tuesday that it may be time to explore the idea of arming teachers and other school officials.

The Republican governor made his remarks in an interview Tuesday on WTOP. His remarks came during a discussion of the killing of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn., on Friday.

The governor was asked: "What about the idea of allowing people — adults, supervisors, principals, teachers — to be armed inside the public schools of Virginia?"

"I know there's been a knee-jerk reaction against that," McDonnell said. "I think there should at least be a discussion about it."

"If people were armed, not just a police officer but other officials who were trained and chose to have a weapon, certainly there would have been an opportunity to stop aggressors from coming into a school."

"So I think that's a reasonable discussion that ought to be had," he said. "The key is don't overreact — really get to the bottom of what works and what can make a difference."

"If a person like that [principal in Connecticut] was armed and trained, could they have stopped the carnage in the classroom? Perhaps."

Do you agree with the governor? Tell us in the comments.

Steve Chaconas December 19, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Schools are easy targets. Violence occurs? Call the police...the guys with guns. A properly trained gun carrier in the school will deter and defend. The theater in Colorado where Giffords was shot was the only one in the area that banned (with a sign) conceal carry...chance or choice for the gunman? Even the "hated" NRA decal deters criminals!
jim andrews December 19, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Not a bad idea...I bet someone brings up the defecit though.
Barbara December 19, 2012 at 09:56 PM
My daughter was raised in Mt. Vernon and became a teacher and lives in Maryland. I always wished she could return to Virginia until today. Now I am grateful that she lives in a state where the Governor understands that arming teachers is not a good idea. I cannot imagine why our Governor thinks this is a good idea and hope he realizes many of his constituents are not in favor of his suggestin.
Jody December 19, 2012 at 11:15 PM
McDonnell wasn't proposing anything. He said it was something that could be included in discussions and it should be. This response gets to the heart of the concern (the safety of our children in schools) more than calling for more gun control laws and could possibly save lives if someone goes beserk in school with any kind of weapon. You can't stop crazy people from doing crazy things; you can only try to add as much protection as is feasible. In our messed up modern world we have armed security on planes, at concerts, high schools, stores, malls, and just about everywhere. I don't think this is such a far-out idea; it's just a shame that our society has fallen to this level. How about a ban on realistic-violence video games? How about a ban on CSI and violent movies and TV shows that are desensitizing our young people to the horrors of death and violence?
J. Griffin Crump December 20, 2012 at 03:46 AM
In answer to a question, the Governor said the idea should be considered. A lot of things should be considered. In his sermon at Good Shepherd Church last Sunday, our pastor asked us to think about the presents we'll be giving our children and grandchildren for Christmas, and to consider carefully those which involve violence. My mind went immediately to any number of video games in which the taking of human or "alien" life is the measure of success. And then I thought of Hollywood and TV. If our children are fed a steady diet of violence, are the odds increased that some of them will act it out in their own lives? And to what extent has our entire culture been changing to mirror what is served up to us daily by the "infotainment" industry? This isn't a new question, of course. And we've heard for years that industry's answer: "We're only giving them what they want!" Is it really what we want?


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